Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present a concert under the direction of Albuquerque native and guest conductor, David Chavez.  
    The program will be all about Beethoven and include three works — the Egmont Overture, the Symphony No. 5 and the Concerto for Violin with soloist, David Felberg.
    The concert will be 7 p.m. March 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Chavez’s choice of the program reflects the connection he personally feels with Beethoven, which he thinks others share. He notes moments in the music, especially the overture and the symphony, that mirror Beethoven’s own “struggles in life and his insistence to overcome fate.” As he prepares the orchestra, he makes note of the softer moments in the music. This helps the orchestra become aware of the energy in silence and its intensity.  
    In selecting the violin concerto, Chavez turned to Felberg, a well-known Albuquerque violinist. The two have collaborated in their conductor/soloist roles in several other performances.
    Chavez has degrees in viola performance, conducting and music education.  He has taught in Santa Fe and Albuquerque public schools (secondary) and has conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. March 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Bandoneon virtuoso Daniel Binelli was to be a part of the show, but withdrew recently to due a medical condition.
    A revised program will be announced later and is a part of the Los Alamos Concert Association.
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.  
    They have recorded most of the Latin American quartet repertoire including a Grammy nominated CD of works by Villa-Lobos.  
    In 2012, their recording of quartets by Francisco Mignone won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording.
    Based in Mexico, the Cuarteto includes the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel.
    The revised program will include quartets by Francisco Mignone (his Quartet No. 2) and Alberto Ginastera  (Quartet No. 2, op. 26).  Works by Manuel Ponce and Astor Piazzolla will complete the program.  
    For complete artist and venue information visit LACA’s website at losalamosconcert.org.

  • A recent documentary was released on PBS, showcasing tribal women of New Mexico Pueblos.
    The one-hour presentation, “A Thousand Voices,” focuses on women who carry forth the collective memory, traditions and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture. . . and the “thousand voices” that precede her.
    The film shatters stereotypes and features interviews with women from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambé and San Ildefonso.
    The story is told by women of the various New Mexico tribes — from artists, politicians and professors.
    From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the voices of strong tribal women mingle, lead the viewer through the history of Spanish, Mexican and United States invasions of the American Southwest.
    Back then, women were thought of as the leaders of the tribe.
    “It was the woman’s decision whether to go to war with other tribes. Those were her babies going to fight,” said Rose B. Simpson, from Santa Clara Pueblo.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge, 1600 Trinity Dr., will host a promotional event for Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Mister Roberts.” The event will be part of the Elks’ Payday Cafe, which starts at 6 p.m.  A performance of selected scenes will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public, but hungry patrons can purchase food at the Payday Cafe for between $6-10. Attendees should enter at the east entrance of the facility (west entrance is for Elks Lodge members only).
    Free Film Series. “Of Gods and Men.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners March meeting will be 7 p.m. in the Nambé Room of Fuller Lodge.

    “Wrenched: The Movie.” 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement. $10 adults/$8 children. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. today.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be 7 p.m. March 18 at Fuller Lodge with a presentation by Brett Kettering. He will discuss his most recent summits and plans for the future.
    Over the years Kettering has been visiting state high points as he has opportunity. Lately it’s become more of an addiction.
    Kettering has summitted some of the states’ highest peaks, including Borah Peak in Idaho and Granite Peak in Montana. Borah Peak required a 5,200’ elevation gain in 3.5 miles to reach the 12,662’ summit. Granite required a 9-mile backpack in, then a 2-mile approach to the Couloir that took them up 1,800 feet to the 12,799 foot summit.
    In the next few years, Kettering has plans to summit some additional state high points: Hood in Oregon, Whitney in California, Boundary in Nevada, Rainier in Washington state, Gannett in Wyoming, Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Katahdin in Maine.

  • Register for dog training now

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes, offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, starts today.
    Classes this session will include a special offering to introduce kids to the fun sport of agility, Basic Manners, Beginning and Continuing Scent Work, Introduction to Rally Obedience, Intermediate Agility, the paRENT Free Club (for kids), Canine Good Citizen, Cujo to Compadre (for dog-reactive/aggressive dogs) and Self-directed Practice. These classes will begin the week of April 13.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website at ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road.
    Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 25.

    Kids can join the Battle of the Books

    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. March 26 at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    ON PAC 8
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    Friday, March 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 9, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • Art exhibits
    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.
    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. March 1 at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.
    Auditions for The Adobe Theater production of Kander and Ebb’s musical comedy, “Curtains.” 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St., NW in Albuquerque. Performance dates are scheduled for May and June.
    A monthly book club curated by Charles Frazier, the author of best selling novel “Cold Mountain.”  This month’s book: “Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” Moderator: Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian. 6 p.m. March 10 at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe. Participation is free. Books are available for purchase.
     Call for Artists
    The 11th Annual Russian Night. Juried exhibition and auction. Deadline is May 30 at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Art will be on display June 30-Aug. 28.

  •  Pet owners have one more option to license their pets in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe animal shelter recently launched an online licensing page on its website.
    The online site, sfhumanesociety.org/our-programs/licensing-payment, allows city and county residents to purchase their annual license in a convenient and quick method, said Monica Gonzalez, the shelter’s director of admissions and licensing.
    In addition to making companion animals in compliance with city and county ordinances, having a pet licensed helps animals return to their homes if lost, Gonzalez said. “It’s a fact that dogs and cats who wear a city or county license will be returned to their owners 100 percent of the time,” Gonzalez said. “There isn’t any other type of identification that is as effective, not even a microchip.”  
    In addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, as of 2011, every dime spent on licensing supports the shelter’s program. Since taking over licensing for the city and county, the shelter has doubled the number of dogs and cats who are licensed in Santa Fe. Last year, more than 9,120 pets received licenses, according to shelter records.
    “Nothing says love like a cheap metal tag,” Gonzalez said.

  • As the weather warms, the jewels of spring can be seen poking through the ground at Los Alamos Middle School.
    This fall, the school received several grants from Keep New Mexico Beautiful for a variety of beautification projects at LAMS.
    The projects included reviving a garden previously created by Suzanne Melton, created for former LAMS Nurse Bonnie Lissoway.
    When the old school came down, staff members uprooted plants to be grown at their homes throughout the course of the new school build. Those will be added when warm weather returns.
    The additional grant funds included a campus clean up, recycling event, wildflower and bulb plantings by students and staff.
    Craig Wehner, owner of Los Alamos Landscaping and More, assisted with plant advice and placement as students began the process of recreating a vision. Wehner attended LAMS from 1991-1992, and at one point received the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant when he created, “Craig’s Rake and Pick.” Wehner’s employees, Ismael Flores and Manuel Morales also assisted as the initial project got underway.
    Los Alamos Public School’s employee, Carol Moore and members of the community donated soil by the pot, the bag and the truckload to make the project take off.